20 x 20 cm | 7 x 7 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
From a series of paintings called 'Mementos'. "The principal motif is two figures in an embrace. The paintings take as their starting point found vintage photographs of unknown couples. In a response to these images and the sensation that they suggest the paintings are developed to distill and translate this feeling through an abstract language. The erasing of representational and character details, the language of the colour palette and mark making, the development of the compositional forms to re-contextualise the figures and their moment, are techniques employed to distill the sensation of the image whilst leaving the narrative open to interpretation."
Anna McNeil’s work has a stirring painterly quality that transports us through our endless sense of memory and self. McNeil paints from found photographs. She absolves each photographs contextual origins and creates new narratives. This helps to create an imaginative quality to her pieces. The colour palette and ethereal brush strokes create dynamics evocative of the dreamy reflections in water. This opiate imagery remind us of the elusive quality of memory itself. With hazy watercolour and strong compositions of people and landscape, McNeil’s work successfully absorbs the dream like quality of our memories. The work delves into our innate emotional experience whilst all the while pertaining to unknown undertones.